Interventions Phase 2: Zama Recreation Society (Intervenor 726)

Document Name: 2015-134.227255.2536905.Interventions Phase 2(1$dhl01!).html

What telecommunications services do Canadians consider necessary to participate in the digital economy? • One of the greatest barriers to participation in the digital economy is lack of broadband access and poor uploading and downloading speeds. Broadband Internet access has become fundamental to modern life, and has the power to transform rural and northern Canada. Networks contribute to economic growth by improving productivity, providing new services, supporting innovation, and improving market access. Ensuring universal access to high-speed Internet will support economic development and attract and retain young talent in Canada’s rural, remote and northern communities. In our community we have service that is the basic connection speeds, and becomes useless during peak usage times, and by peak I may mean when 30 people are using at the same time... we live in Zama, AB which is not large, but is a hamlet in north-western Alberta. Should the prices for telecommunications services in Canada be similar between urban and non-urban areas? • The federal government must ensure universal access to affordable high-speed at speeds and prices comparable to Canada’s peers in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Maybe it's time that the urban help the rural with equalized costs... when an individual must pay over $100 for basic and slow service we need someone to look at that. What upload and download speeds for broadband Internet service would meet Canadians’ needs? • The Commission’s current target speeds for broadband – a minimum of 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload – are no longer sufficient to meet the minimum needs of Canadians, and compare poorly to targets established internationally. We recommend that the CRTC continually re-evaluate its broadband speed targets to reflect technological advancements, changes in user needs, traffic, and network capacity.